Thursday, 8 May 2014

We went to B&Q yesterday afternoon. When we got got back there was a letter, hand delivered on the mat, the basis of which was that the landlords are putting in a planning application to demolish the house and sell the land for housing development. The application will go in later this month.

As you can imagine we were shattered, having only been in the place just 2 months we are now told the house could be demolished. There is nothing we can do, we have no grounds for objection, so in 3 months we will be house hunting again.

We have cared for this place and spent money on the garden, no more and I will not make the same mistake again, we will only keep the garden tidy, the rest of our plants will be in containers and we will have to find somewhere we can container garden. We also need to ensure we can park the caravan, otherwise it will have to be sold. Holidays in the future are in doubt if this happens.

Just now I am feeling very depressed......I did not sleep last night and its pouring with rain which does not help.

29 comments:

  1. After all the hard work. So disappointing.

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  2. Thats very poor thing to do by your landlord - I'm so sorry you must be gutted at this news as it looks a beautiful property - I hope that something just as good comes along for you and he hasnt got permission to demolish and rebuild yet take care hugs from me xxx

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  3. why oh why does it always seem to rain when you are at a low ebb. Perhaps the planning permission will not be forthcoming, I understand that it can take a considerable time for the wheels of the planning department to turn. It is rotten, he must have had this in the pipeline when he rented to you. I am getting a blank wall from my buyers and my solicitor is getting no information either. I suspect that my move will be postponed at best, cancelled at worst. Thinking of you. Pam x

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  4. So sorry to hear your news. What a shame! You seem so comfortable there and have spent so much time, effort and money to get things the way you like them. Hopefully you will have the Summer to enjoy the fruits of your labours before you have to move.

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  5. Oh I am so sorry. How mean of the Landlords to allow you to rent your apartment knowing they were going to make an application to demolish.

    Love and hugs
    Marie x

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  6. OMG, how mean is that! Surely they knew the plan long before renting to you. Some people are so money hungry though when it comes to making a killing off land - and will literally sell it from out under you, and this is what they are doing. How long is your lease?

    I felt so pleased that you had discovered what appeared to be a lovely home - I'm truly saddened at this news but know you, being the marvelous accomplished homemaker you are, will overcome this setback and find an even better place.

    Thinking of you two - sending hugs.
    Mary

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  7. How devastating for you...I'm so sorry. Moving is such a difficult and costly endeavor. If this comes to pass I hope you will be able to find another beautiful apartment. My best wishes are with you.

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  8. That is so annoying and upsetting for you both. We all know just how thrilled you both were to find what we thought was a gem, and now all your dreams have been dashed. You are not having much success with landlords, are you. Do hope you can find something more permanent and soon. I agree, make sure all your beloved plants are stacked into containers ready for when you find somewhere to live. Good luck.

    Halaulani

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  9. wannabe sybil8 May 2014 at 08:22

    Sending you lots of hugs, it just doesn't seem fair. Praying for you. WS xxx

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  10. Leslie in the Black Hills8 May 2014 at 08:29

    I'm very sorry for you; this really is awful. Continuing to keep you in my thoughts & prayers.

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  11. This is a rotten turn of events and I agree with the others who said that the LLs must have already been planning to ask for planning permission to sell to developers. Why are the rich and short sighted those who own so much? I hope planning permission is denied and that the perfect home, in the perfect place, with a garden and room for the caravan is available when you need to move. Meanwhile, enjoy the beauty you've created in the garden and indoors.

    Big hugs!

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  12. I am so sorry to hear your news.
    That is most unfair to say the least. How could the landlord in all decency let the apartment to you knowing this.
    Do you have a lease for a year? Maybe you could ask for monetary compensation to cover your expenses and the cost of moving. I am out of touch now with UK laws etc. But when I worked in local government in the UK, the landlord and tenant act, at that time, certainly protected the tenant. Remember also that just because application is made, does not mean that it will be granted. I wonder if it would help to go to the planning dept and put in an objection. The planning committee have to consider all objections.
    Citizens Advice Bureau used to be a good source of information if you have one near you.
    If worst comes to worst, the very least the landlord could do is pay compensation and find you comparable place to rent and pay moving costs.
    I wish I was close by, I feel angry on your behalf, I would like to help.
    Best wishes.
    Pam in TX.xx

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  13. I feel so sorry for you . Surely they knew what was happening when they leased the apartment to you. Shame on them. Have you been in contact with them. I would be going to Citizens Advice to ask them how you stand for the rest of the lease. I hope like all the other people on here they get refused. Too much of this going on in this country.

    Sue R

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  14. Oh, my goodness, what a shock for you. I was convinced you would be settled after the last horrendous rental. Just to say I am thinking of you and sending love. X

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  15. How terrible. House hunting at the best of times is horrible - twice in a few months is too much to bear. You have worked so hard to make your garden beautiful too.
    Myra, from Winnipeg, Canada

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  16. Really gutted for you! It looked like you were really set up with a lovely home. You are both such dream tenants for any landlord as you keep the house and garden so nice.
    My dad had the same problem when he rented a property, we never had a clue that the owner was going to sell the property so soon after dad had taken up tenancy. I agree with some of the other comments maybe a trip to the citizens advice bureau would help to know how you stand information is everything.
    Take care Kathy x

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  17. So sorry to hear your news what a rotten trick to pull.

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  18. How sad for you. You've seemed so happy where you are now. I sincerely hope that you find a lovely place to move to and that you can stay there for a good long time. Hugs, Helen x

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  19. So sorry to hear this. What a low move by your landlord.

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  20. We have been going through trauma with a horrible neighbour who wants to sell his land with planning permission. He's put plans in, lost, appealed, appealed up held. Put plans in, lost, appealed granted. Changed plans time and time again, whilst all the time the land has been up for sale (because it is worth more with planning permission than). He has now changed his plans yet again.q how long had this been going on? 9 years, so you might have a few more weeks/months/years yet. No matter how much the news tell us the housing market is on the up, well, here in East Lancashire, it really isn't.

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  21. I agree with everything that has already been said. No wonder you are feeling so down. Hopefully something good will come out of this. I wonder if the tenants upstairs knew there was something afoot and they were making the move sooner rather than later. Have you talked to any of the other tenants?

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  22. Oh how awful! So sorry to hear about this and agree with what everyone else has said. Horrible horrible move by your landlord and especially after you done so much work. Facing house hunting/moving again is daunting so I hope you find a place you can stay for a long time! Hugs, Laura

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  23. So sorry to read your bad news. Hope things are not as bad as they seem for you both, although I am not quite sure how that will actually work out. Anyway, wishing you the very best

    Sarah xxx

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  24. From Margie in Toronto - just catching up with your posts and as everyone has said - I am so sorry to hear this - how awful for you both when you thought you were all settled. You must be really down at the moment and I don't blame you at all after all your hard work. I hope this means that you will find somewhere even better and it is your LL who will feel the loss of such good tenants. Can't believe they can get away with something like this.

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  25. How awful. I do hope that you find somewhere soon that meets your needs. Good L:uck
    Gill

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  26. Hugs Hugs Hugs. That is rotten.

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  27. sorry to hear of unwelcome news, I don't know where you live but I will in North Yorkshire have a suitable property in a few months time. Possible not soon enough and in the wrong area. But bear me in mine, you sound like the perfect tenants.

    Yours
    Sue Grant.
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  28. Sue,

    Thank you for your offer, but North Yorkshire is just a bit too far away. I hope you find good tenants when the house is ready. I have to say it was si nice of you to offer. Anne.

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  29. Hi there, sorry to be so late in posting, we have been going through some major changes of our own. I echo everything that others have said before me, how low for your landlord to rent to you knowing this was in the pipeline. I do think you should contact the Citizens' Advice Bureau, and also the local housing authority/housing association for advice. I am sure that you would be able to find some storage for the caravan rather than have to sell it. Storage is not generally that expensive and at least you would still be able to get out and about a bit until you are more ready to sell it and settle in one place. I would not rush to move out (unless you find something better) the longer you sit it out the better for you both, your Landlord has been very unethical about this so you should stop being 'perfect' tenants - he really does not deserve it. Good luck, hope things start to sort themselves out soon. X

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